Video: Alexei Emelin’s hip check catches teammate Erik Cole

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On paper, a Minnesota Wild-Montreal Canadiens game should be as drab and depressing as the two teams’ current states. The beauty of sports is that a little violence and odd bounces can make even a seemingly bland game a hard-hitting, thrilling and weird 5-4 OT affair (which Montreal won), though.

The strangest moment came when Alexei Emelin delivered a bombastic hip check that would have been awesome if Erik Cole was wearing a Wild jersey:

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“Questionable accuracy” might be high on the list of “reasons why the hip check is dying,” then.

(No. 1 reason, I’d guess: almost everyone skates really fast now.)